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Löfven in the US looking to learn from Obama

Löfven in the US looking to learn from Obama

Published: 26 Jun 2012 11:38 GMT+02:00
Updated: 26 Jun 2012 11:38 GMT+02:00

“If you’ve won a presidential campaign in the US you have worked bloody hard and got some rather important things right. It could be very useful to understand the main ingredients in their thinking,” Löfven told daily Expressen.

While in the US, Löfven, together with the party’s international secretary Ann Linde, advisor Oscar Stenström, and MP Urban Ahlin, will also be meeting with Swedish businessmen and talk of Swedish-American trade relations together with the Swedish Trade Council (Exportrådet).

In Washington DC Löfven will be visiting the National Democratic Institute as well as the think tank Center for American Progress where he will be hosting a debate on ”New Global Deal Between Capital and Labour”.

Löfven will also be discussing the situation in Syria, the Middle East and Afghanistan at Pentagon in the US capital and at the State Department and with representatives of the National Security Council in the White House.

He will be visiting the World Bank Group as well as the head economist for the IMF Olivier Blanchard and meet with Democrats from the Senate and the US congress.

But the US stay kicked off with a visit to Obama’s election campaign headquarters where Löfven is hoping to pick up some tips for the Swedish election in 2014.

“The Democrats are very thorough in their planning, they involve very many in their campaign all the way out to the grass root level. We can certainly learn how to map and plan this work,” Löfven said to Expressen after meeting with one of Obama’s campaign managers Mitch Stewart.

Löfven has already made several other study visits, having recently been both to Berlin and London to find out more about the key to winning elections, according to the paper.

“There’s something about the American election campaign that inspires me a great deal. It’s the drive they have. They speak about the ‘snowflake’ effect. They have representatives in each state, responsible for having contact people in smaller communities. And finally there’ll be someone in each neighbourhood working on the campaign. That’s pretty cool,” said Löfven to the paper.

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12:31 June 26, 2012 by isenhand
Oo .. signs of intelligence! The Obama campaign had a number of interesting points which SD can learn from. Especially in regards to the distributed nature of the campaign.
15:12 June 26, 2012 by Rebel
So is this joker being vetted by the USA to see if he would be a better puppet than baldy?
15:47 June 26, 2012 by millionmileman
He could save a lot of air-fare by staying at home and read the book. We now have a radical Marxist in Washington using the most corrupt Chicago style of politics. He has to go in November or this country will be finished. That is his plan by design.

I am originally from Europe so I do know what I am talking about.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/04/05/how-saul-alinsky-taught-obama-to-say-one-thing-and-do-the-opposite
17:27 June 26, 2012 by muscle
Yes good. Learn every single thing about the us policies and thinking styles... and then do exactly the opposite. THAT would be the way for success and peace!
18:45 June 26, 2012 by cogito
He wants to learn how spend most of his time on the golf course?
18:50 June 26, 2012 by oldonpalouse
Politicians the world over think that propaganda, brainwashing, and money are the way to power. The more sophisticated populations see through this but the shame is how most people are used and abused.

The current US election is a study in nonsense. But there is no way to avoid some version of the first sentence of my comment. Too bad we can't have a non sociopathic leader.
19:18 June 26, 2012 by G Kin
@millionmileman

Can you spare us that garbage in this forum?. If you are another far right hot head, sick for such forums to vent your frustration. Some are bent of making Obama fail irrespective of what his policies are.
21:38 June 26, 2012 by Investor612
G Kin

Obama's policies aren't failing because the opposition is bent on making them fail. That notion is typical of far left hotheads, sick for such forums to vent their frustration.Obama's policies are failing because they're ill-conceived.
22:45 June 26, 2012 by Carbarrister
I think that there is alot to learn from Obama's 2008 grass roots campaign. Of course it didn't hurt for Obama to be running after Bush and against McCain. It really did mobilize new young voters.

I don't think Hope and Change are working for Obama in 2012. He has to run on his record and the grass roots support that was there in 2008 has evaporated. My 23 year old son tells me that he and his friends who are soon to graduate or who graduated from college and can't find jobs are not supporting Obama.

Nevertheless, there are campaign techniques for Löfven to learn and to avoid.
22:56 June 26, 2012 by Roy E
If this Löfven character really thinks there's something constructive that he can learn from Obama, one would be well advised to keep sharp objects far, far away from this man.
02:58 June 27, 2012 by Grokh
he should be in usa learning how to not be like usa.
06:21 June 27, 2012 by TheWatchman
There is not much to learn, Obama isn't doing well enough for it to try copying. Obama will win narrowly if at all. I hope he does because he's better than Romney but that's not saying that much.
21:10 June 27, 2012 by cogito
what he could learn from Obama:

How to give sweeping speeches proclaiming a grand but vague vision. When you don't deliver, blame the previous administration, Japan, Greece, all of Europe, the Middle East, ATM machines, the Supreme court, congress and dumb voters who don't understand your awesomeness
14:15 June 28, 2012 by prince T
I look forward when Åkesson will follow suit. he needs to know to check mate l the bunch of politcal touts opportunists around him.
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